The young coconut is being chopped open to access the fresh juice and fruit. The shop owner operates quickly cutting away the protective layers. He holds the coconut just so, and in a few chops, it is transformed. Look closely at the photo below the coconut he is holding. There is a piece in mid-air and below that two white pieces that have not hit the ground yet. His experience has taught him a skill that removes the outer layers in order to reveal the coconut milk and fruit. He is using the proper tool at the right moment to cut away that which conceals the coconut’s true flavor. It is not what the world sees as it hangs in the tree, but its real value can be harvested with skilled work at the right moment in the right way.
The bloggers: Ashok Bedi and BJ Jakala presently are on an annual study tour to India under the auspices of the New York Jung Foundation and the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago. They will post a daily blog for the next few days. BJ who is an avid photographer shares an image that captures his imagination in a deeper way and Ashok Bedi amplifies the image with analytical context.
About the Presenter
Robert “BJ” Jakala, PhD is a Depth Psychologist, Educator, Writer, and Photographer. He is a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, CA. He is also a Registered Nurse who worked at Linda and Stewart Neuropsychiatric Hospital for thirty-three years. He was a Nursing Supervisor for seventeen years and lead Group Psychotherapy on the Adult Service for ten years. He has taught the First Year Nurse Residents Self-Care and Stress Management at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for over twelve years. He is the former Assistant Director of the Men’s Center of Los Angeles for 5 years. He retired from thirty years of Private Practice in Woodland Hills, CA in November. 2017.
Dr. Jakala promotes the idea of transformation and change as a function of image and language in patients, as well as clinicians. He teaches the rewards of deep listening to the images created by language and the value of an image’s experience before words emerge. He aligns with Carl Jung’s ideas regarding a universal consciousness that is often hidden beneath the surface of our ego consciousness. He encourages clinicians to appreciate the collective in order to assist clients become more of themselves.
Ashok Bedi, M.D. is a Jungian psychoanalyst and a board-certified psychiatrist. He is a member of the Royal College of psychiatrists of Great Britain, a diplomat in Psychological Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of England, a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is a Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and a training analyst at the Carl G. Jung Institute of Chicago. His books include The Spiritual Paradox of Addiction, Crossing the Healing Zone , Awaken the Slumbering Goddess: The Latent Code of the Hindu Goddess Archetypes, Retire Your Family Karma: Decode Your Family Pattern and Find Your Soul Path and Path to the Soul. He is the liaison for the IAAP for developing Jungian training programs in India and travels annually to India to teach, train the consult with the Jungian Developing groups at several centers in India including Ahmedabad and Mumbai. He leads the annual “A Jungian Encounter with the Soul of India” study group to several centers in India under the auspices of the New York Jung Foundation. His publications and upcoming programs may be previewed at www.pathtotheosul.com
Before accessing the fruit of a coconut, its hard shell must be sacrificed to access the sweet fruit and milk. Before harvesting the core gifts of our personality, we must sacrifice aspects of our Ego and Persona: the mask we wear to get by in the outer world. We must then undergo a process of “Kenosis” – emptying our cup to make room for new beginnings and claiming our deeper potentials. This is a painful process. We must prune the plant of our personality so that the rest of the viable and soulful personality has room to grow and blossom adequately. We must empty out the dysfunctional aspects of our hang-ups or complexes, making our medical or psychiatric problems and addictions the central feature of our existence, let go of our co-dependent relationships and stick with the winners. These efforts at soul-work helps us claim the sweet fruit and milk – the ambrosia of our personality. We must then share our gifts with our family, our community and work towards higher good. This makes us a value added member of the collective – we become a vital spoke in the cogwheel of the universe; a state of unison with the Sprit, the Brahman – the Unus Mundus. This Magnum Opus may begin with one small sacrifice a day and one act of Service daily. This completes the Uroboros, the circle of our spiritual emergence.